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Ezekiel 36:25-27 (NLT)
25 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.
This verse was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost when Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit. We were given a new heart that would desire to do ALL the ways of God and to follow His decrees.
Therefore, If He puts His Spirit in us so that we will desire to follow His decrees and obey Him. Doesn’t it seem odd that we do so many things that have no foundation the ways of God, but reflect the heart of the pagan lifestyle we used to live, following after the ways of this world?
While we may have the Spirit of God within us and a desire to follow His decrees, nothing happens if we don’t fan the flames of our own PASSION to follow after Him. If we truly have the heart to pursue the ways of God, then it is our PASSION that gives us the drive and motivation to take action to seek His ways as they are found in the Bible and make them part of our daily life. Without passion we simply sit by saying praise the Lord and letting the old nature carry us along and living in our old traditions of men.
Consider what Jesus said about this to the Church in Ephesus.
Revelation 2:1-7 (NLT)
The Message to the Church in Ephesus
1 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Ephesus. This is the message from the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand, the one who walks among the seven gold lampstands:
2 “I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance. I know you don’t tolerate evil people. You have examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not. You have discovered they are liars. 3 You have patiently suffered for me without quitting.
4 “But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! 5 Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. If you don’t repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches.
6 But this is in your favor: You hate the evil deeds of the Nicolaitans, just as I do.
7 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give fruit from the tree of life in the paradise of God.
This letter is to those in the Church today that have let their PASSION fade. The PASSION or LOVE we have toward God is our responsibility to keep on fire. When a couple starts dating each one puts effort into fanning the flames of passion to keep that relationship growing. They get married, but if they don’t continue to fan those flames that bought them together, over time the flame of passion fades, the ways of the world (traditions of men) creep in and eventually the marriage falls apart. It is only through the pursuit of passion that the heart stays on fire.
Jesus is warning us that ignoring our PASSION for Him can eventually lead to Him removing us from His body. In Matthew 25 we see it in the five foolish virgins who are left behind, because they did not have the PASSION to prepare, thinking they had enough oil and in the servant who hid His masters gift in the ground, because he did not have the PASSION to truly know his master, thinking he was a tyrant and was eventually cast into the outer darkness. None of us wants to be left behind, but it can happen if we let our PASSION fade.
Ask yourself, are you passionate about truly seeking the ways of God, or are you simply living the traditions of men, hoping you will get by?
Live in God’s LOVE!